Dolezal’s New Identity: Welfare-Fraud Felon?
Ed Morrissey, Hot Air
Go figure that a woman who fraudulently misrepresented her ethnicity might also fraudulently misrepresent her income. Rachel Dolezal lost her job as president of the Spokane NAACP when her parents outed her as a white poseur during a family dispute. Now the government has charged her with felony welfare fraud for illegally claiming nearly $9000 in benefits since her very public disgrace:
Former Spokane Chapter NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is now facing legal trouble that could land her behind bars. KHQ has confirmed that Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, is accused of 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd Degree, and False Verification for Public Assistance. Her potential punishment under RCW 74.08.331 could include up to 15 years in prison.
Because Dolezal changed her name, we’ll be referring to her as Nkechi Diallo. According to court documents, Diallo illegally received $8,747 in food assistance, and illegally received $100 in childcare assistance. Total restitution, according to the documents, is $8,847, allegedly stolen from August 2015 through November 2017.
August 2015, eh? Let’s review the timeline. At the beginning of June 2015, Dolezal not only ran Spokane’s NAACP chapter, she also taught “Africana education” at Eastern Washington University, and sat on the police ombudsman council. By the end of the month, she was out the door on all three, and by early 2017 was telling the Guardian that she’d soon be homeless: